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God does not exist.

Pierre Whalon
7 min readFeb 27


Now, don’t freak out! But consider: People exist. Things in the universe exist. The planets in their courses exist. While there are clear limits to our knowledge, everyone knows what it means to exist.

God does not exist like we do.

If God does exist, then They is not God. All existing things are relative to one another in various degrees. It is actually impossible to imagine a universe in which there is, say, only one hydrogen atom. That unique thing has to have someone else imagining it. Existence requires existing among other existents, a fundamental dependency. If God also exists, then God would be just another fact of the universe, relative to other existents and included in that fundamental dependency of relation.

In other words, God could not be God. They would be at best some sort of super-alien, flitting about the creation flashing super powers, seemingly irrationally. That is what the Flying Spaghetti Monster is. Its “worshippers”, the “Pastafarians”, are the latest in a long line of skeptics, though with perhaps a finer sense of humor. And even if said Monster existed, it could not be God. There would be no reason to worship it; in fact, one would do well to avoid it and its “noodly appendages.”

Lack of evidence?

Those who say they do not believe in God often give lack of evidence for their unbelief. This is a confusion of knowledge and faith. It is also an error of logic — absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. There cannot be any empirical evidence of the existence of God, for God does not exist.

Let me be clear: I believe God is, and is a lot more than that bare assertion. But my faith is not knowledge. At best I can give sound reasons — sound to my mind, at least — why my faith is not irrational. And that begins with clarifying the terms. What we call god (every single human language has a word for it) is something we infer from the fact of existence. The universe is, and it exists. Why it does — why there is something rather than nothing — cannot be proven from the terms and relations we can discern in the makeup of the universe.

This is why there is no real conflict between science and religion.

On the other hand, taken as a whole, the universe does seem to point beyond…



Pierre Whalon

Bishop in charge, Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, 2001–2019. French-American. Musician, composer, author, happily married.